Rangitata Rafts is a family owned Kiwi adventure business situated two hours south of Christchurch and only 1 hour from Staveley Heights. Rangitata Rafts have unique access, through our historic sheep farm, to the Rangitata Gorge, one of New Zealand’s most remote and exciting white water experiences. Rangitata Rafts provide a fun, relaxed experience while tackling some of the South Island’s biggest rapids and are also passionate about the environment and the beautiful piece of New Zealand we are lucky enough to raft in.
The rafting base is situated in the heart of rural Canterbury in the shadow of the majestic Southern Alps. After meeting up and having a quick bite to eat we’ll drive you through this beautiful scenery to our starting point below the Rangitata Gorge. We wouldn’t want to just drop you in the deep end without the key skills! We teach you all the skills you need on the river. We’ll give you a chance to learn the basics of paddling, raft and river safety, plus meet your new raft family and generally get comfortable before we hit any white water.
White Water Rafting
The lower trips takes us into some fun rapids that will whet your appetite for more. With your newly learned skills and your raft-full of eager paddlers you’ll charge through grade 1 to 2 white water. There will also be plenty of chances to check out the majestic scenery and have the odd swim in the river. It wouldn’t be a Rangitata Rafts trip with out some hard-earned grub at the end. For all our trips we put on a classic kiwi BBQ while you have a hot shower. Then we all tuck in to a tasty South Canterbury sausage and regale each other with tales of our triumph!